Tempus de Baristas
“Time of the Barmen” is one of the most acclaimed works of renowned ethnographic filmmaker David MacDougall. It profiles three goatherders in the mountains of eastern Sardinia and, with extraordinary insight and nuance, explores a traditional way of life that is rapidly disappearing as commercial farming displaces herding and young people drift to the coast for the higher pay and glamour of the tourism industry.
Pietro, a boy of 17, loyally helps his father in the herding and milking of their goats. His father Franchiscu, 62, would like his son to stay in the mountains but knows he will probably have to leave to further his education and his prospects. Their friend Miminu, in his 40s and still unmarried, knows all his goats by name but faces a future of increasing poverty and isolation.
For Pietro, the lives of his father and Miminu provide reference points against which to measure himself and consider his future in a changing world.
This extraordinary film was directed by David MacDougall and produced by the Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico and Fieldwork Films, in association with BBC Television.
In Sardinian, with English subtitles.